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Man Fleeing Police Crashes into Jack in the Box Restaurant (PHOTOS)Salem-News.com
Only two people received injuries when the SUV crashed into the fast food restaurant.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Deputies in Washington County say a man trying to elude deputies Thanksgiving night crashed into a Jack in the Box restaurant at 5:35 PM. The man was arrested after attempting to run away from the crash. Sheriff's Office Spokesman Dave Thompson says the deputy used a Taser when the suspect was about to escape. Thompson says it began around 5:30 PM Thursday, when a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a location near SW 170th Avenue and SW Tualatin Valley Highway.
"A citizen reported that a man had threatened him after pulling up next to him in his car. The citizen pointed out the SUV to the deputy as it drove by them." Thompson says the deputy caught up to the vehicle at SW 170th Avenue and SW Baseline Road.
"The deputy followed the vehicle as it traveled east on SW Baseline. The deputy observed driving that was consistent with an intoxicated driver. The deputy attempted to stop the suspected DUII, but the driver refused to pull over, and instead, accelerated to attempt to outrun the deputy."
The deputy continued to follow the suspect for a short period of time Thompson said, until he decided the suspect was driving too erratically and terminated the pursuit.
"The deputy was able to see the suspect pulling away from him at a high rate of speed and then, from a distance, witnessed the suspect crash into the Jack in the Box located at SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Jenkins Road."
The deputy arrived shortly after and saw what Thompson described as a devastating scene.
"The SUV had crashed through the front of the building, smashing the windows and ripping out part of the ceiling. He could not tell if there were any victims under the debris."
The deputy reported seeing the suspect, 28-year old Domitilo Chavez-Gallardo from Aloha, climb out of his wrecked 1997 Ford SUV. Thompson says the deputy ordered Mr. Chavez-Gallardo to stop, but the he turned and ran for the rear of the store.
"The deputy started to chase after Mr. Chavez-Gallardo, but realized he would not be able to navigate through the debris before Mr. Chavez-Gallardo could escape. The deputy used his Taser and was able to subdue Mr. Chavez-Gallardo and take him into custody."
A woman who was a customer in the restaurant at the time of the crash suffered injuries to her leg. Mr. Chavez-Gallardo also suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to Thompson. Deputies will transported him to the Washington County Jail when he is discharged from the hospital.
Thompson says personnel from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue helped shore up the walls of the building while the car was removed. Mr. Chavez-Gallardo will initially be facing charges of third-degree Assault, DUII, felony Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief, Driving While Suspended, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer in a Vehicle and Attempt to Elude a Police Officer on Foot.
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